Areas of practice
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Adolescent Issues
- Adoption Issues
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Cross Cultural Issues
- Grief and Loss - General
- LGBTQ Issues
- Life Balance
- Personal Growth
- School/Work Adjustment
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Trauma Counselling
- Adlerian Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cross Cultural Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Observed Experiential Integration (OEI)
- ONLINE / VIRTUAL / TELEHEALTH COUNSELLING
- Process Work
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
Counselling practice website:https://nitaagustincounselling.com/
Nita Agustin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practise based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her practise is currently entirely online, and she is able to see clients who are based anywhere in the province. Prior to starting her private practise, she has worked in a variety of contexts, such as non-profit agencies, street-based outreach, and post-secondary institution. All these experiences altogether inspired her to ground her counselling practise in person-centered, strength-based, and trauma-informed perspective.
While trained as a generalist, Nita has advanced skills and experience in these areas of interest:
- Cross-cultural issues (i.e living in-between cultures)
- Exploration of personal identity (i.e for personal growth, faith and spirituality, LGBTQIA2S+, gender identity, and sexual orientation)
- Healthy relationships
- Attachment issues and childhood trauma
- Interpersonal relationship concerns (i.e. boundary, self-esteem, lack of confidence, improving social and communication skills)
- Existential issues (grief and loss, finding meaning and purpose in life)
- Life transitions
- Anxiety and depression
She seeks to help clients identify clients’ core values and beliefs, with the hope of finding alignment across all aspects of their personal identity. As a result, clients’ external reality will correspond beautifully with their internal experience and core values.
Nita considers it a great privilege to be invited to journey with clients from darkness to light. She is committed to creating a safe space where clients feel validated and affirmed, no matter what they bring to the table. She considers life challenges to be an invitation to explore current barriers and identify ways to live life more meaningfully. She sees herself as an agent of change and seeks to work collaboratively with clients to bring about shifts to their current life situation, with the overall goal of being more connected inwardly and living a more free and authentic life. She finds the most rewarding part of her role as a counsellor was witnessing clients thrive and live a meaningful and purposeful life.
Nita’s approach to therapy
Nita has a holistic view on life and believes that there are similarities to our experience as human beings. Growing up in a fairly conservative culture makes Nita acutely aware of the intersectionality of the cultural, religious, and social contexts in impacting our identity formation. Her life experience taught her the importance of being seen and affirmed in her personhood. She experienced first-hand the guilt, shame, and anxiety resulting from any deviations from the widely accepted social norms. Her personal healing journey also showed her the value of claiming her voice and living out her authentic self.
As a counsellor, she approaches her work from person-centered, strength-based, and trauma-informed perspective. She practises primarily from the Accelerated Experiential Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), while also integrating insights from other modalities such as CBT, DBT, Adlerian, and Attachment. AEDP integrated insights from the attachment theory, affective neuroscience, and body-trauma focused therapy.
Nita is driven to pursue ongoing learning opportunities to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing field of counselling. She is currently working towards being a certified AEDP therapist.
On a more personal note
- What inspired me to become a counsellor:
In the process of becoming who I am today, I remember feeling disoriented and disconnected from myself, especially in my attempt to integrate the many different facets of living in-between cultures. I remember feeling overwhelmed when I reached out to a counsellor for the first time when I felt lost. Even though it took a few tries to find the right fit, I felt completely seen and understood. My journey with my own counsellor has helped me tremendously, especially in sifting through the confusion, shame, guilt, and anxiety. I mustered enough courage to finally claim my personal truth and the freedom to be myself.
My personal healing journey inspires me to be a bridge between cultures. Existing between two cultures, Indonesian-Chinese and Canadian, I had first-hand experience in integrating competing personal and family values and socio-cultural structures. Being a member of the queer community as well, I have worked in reconciling my personal truth with my traditional and conservative upbringing. I bring a deep appreciation for clients’ autonomy and socio-cultural history. I also recognize that it takes a great courage to begin your personal healing and discovery journey.
Education background & Professional Affiliation
Nita holds a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and is registered as both Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #19626) and Canadian Certified Counselor (CCC #10011137). She is a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
- 2022 Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 2021 Observed and Experiential Integration Level I
- 2020 Telehealth Counselling at a Distance: Using Video, Telephone, and Text-based Methods to Connect with Clients
- 2019 Sand Tray/ Rice Tray Workshop by Bart Begalka
Client fee individuals:140